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Sunday, 17 December 2017

What we’re tracking this week

US Vice President Mike Pence is delaying his scheduled visit to the region, Haaretz reports. Pence was supposed to arrive to Israel today, but is instead staying in Washington “due to Congressional votes on tax reform,” according to reports. Pence was also scheduled to visit Egypt, but his schedule now is now unclear. According to an unconfirmed schedule, Pence will fly out of Cairo to Israel on Wednesday evening and will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the next day. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas had announced canceling his meeting with Pence over the decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital. Egypt’s most prominent religious figures, including Pope Tawadros II and the head of Al Azhar, had also said they will not be meeting with Pence. On Thursday, the keeper of keys at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre said he also will not be welcoming Pence.

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